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J Neuroimaging. 2003 Jul;13(3):215-7.

Neuroimaging curriculum for neurology trainees: report from the Neuroimaging Section of the AAN.

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Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center, The Jacobs Neurological Institute, 100 High Street, Buffalo, NY 14203, USA.


Neuroimaging plays a major role in the evaluation of patients with neurological disorders. Surveys of neurologists have revealed that most rely on their own readings of images for patient management, and a majority believe that neurologists should be allowed to officially interpret and bill for scan reviews. The importance of neuroimaging training for neurology residents has been stressed by the Association of University Professors of Neurology. Although there is a desire to promote the neuroimaging education of neurologists, no curricula have existed previously. The Neuroimaging Section of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) developed a task force of practicing neuroimagers to provide a neuroimaging curriculum for neurological trainees and training directors. The resulting curriculum is available on the Web sites of the AAN ( and the American Society of Neuroimaging ( and will be updated as the need arises through evolving technology or breadth of applications. This curriculum should help in the design of neurology residency and fellowship programs and subspecialty pathways in which adequate neuroimaging education and training are desired for various reasons, including certification and the demonstration of competency and proficiency.

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